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Red zone was a problem area for the Patriots

Driving offense stopped before final destination

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The closest injured tight end Rob Gronkowski came to the Patriots on Sunday was seen on a T-shirt worn by cornerback Aqib Talib, who chose a “Gronk Nation” print after the game against the Dolphins.

Gronkowski was lost for the season a week ago. Playing without him is not unprecedented, but it’s never easy, as the Patriots painfully found out in Miami.

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